Compare Relafen vs. Voltaren

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Relafen
(nabumetone)

Voltaren
(diclofenac sodium)

Coming soon.Relieves pain and inflammation. Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) works well for pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.
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Best available price for 60 (500mg) tablets of nabumetone
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Best available price for 1 (5ml of 0.1%) eye dropper of diclofenac sodium
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Reviews for Relafen (nabumetone)
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Reviews for Voltaren (diclofenac sodium)
81%
+48% better vs. Relafen (nabumetone)
76%
+43% better vs. Relafen (nabumetone)
5%
-5% worse vs. Relafen (nabumetone)
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Side effects
RelafenVoltaren

We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Relafen »
  • Any side effect 12%
  • Application site dermatitis 11%
  • Any application site reaction 5%
  • Application site reaction 14%
  • Application site pruritus 7%
  • Application site rash 29%
  • Application site rash 15%
  • Application site contact dermatitis 29%
  • Application site pain 30%
  • Application site dry skin 15%
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How it works
RelafenVoltaren
Coming soon.Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.
Type of medication
RelafenVoltaren
Prescription only
Available as
RelafenVoltaren
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Eye drops
Used for
RelafenVoltaren
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
Risk factors for serious side effects
RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon.
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    Detailed Voltaren (diclofenac sodium) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Kidneys and liver
    RelafenVoltaren
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
    • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
    • Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) for long periods of time.
    Pain
    RelafenVoltaren
    No pain related info.
    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
    Upsides and benefits
    RelafenVoltaren
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    • Works well to relieve pain and inflammation from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
    • Good for muscle aches and pains.
    • May treat arthritis pain better than other similar medicines (NSAIDs).
    • Can cause less upset stomach than other NSAIDs like ibuprofen (Advil).
    • It's also available as a gel that you put on your skin. If it's hard for you to swallow pills, this could be a good option.
    • If you're only using the gel, you won't have the same side effects that you would while taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
    Downsides and risks
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    Coming soon
    • Can cause serious stomach problems like inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. The chances that a stomach problem will occur is worse the longer you take this medication, but it can happen at any time while taking it.
    • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
    • Can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. These problems are more likely the longer you take it.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RelafenVoltaren
    Coming soon
    • If taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth, take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
    • Can cause stomach ulcers, especially if taking it by mouth often.
    • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily. You shouldn't take any other 'blood thinner' medications unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
    • Don't use it the first two weeks after a heart surgery.
    • Can affect your kidneys' ability to work as well.
    • If using the skin (topical) gel, use the dosing card it comes with to make sure you measure the correct dose. You also won't have many of the same side effects that you would if taking Voltaren (Diclofenac Sodium) by mouth.
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